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Local news and updates on the Jewish community of Ottawa.

Stepping into the mess — Self-Care ‘First Aid’ program free for women

What do you do when you’re a single mom with three kids and it feels like your life has fallen apart? Step into the mess — at least, that’s what Jen Perzow did and what she now recommends as part of her coaching program and workshop series. 

“About 15 years ago or so, my family and…

Adrianna Exposée to bring ‘light, love and sparkles’ to EG Chanukah Ball

It will be all shimmer at this year’s Emerging Gen Chanukah Ball, thanks to a headliner performance from drag queen Adrianna Exposée. 

Exposée, who was Miss Capital Pride 2019, has been performing since 2017, with their first drag experience as part of an English class final assignment…

Federation launches Faces of Jewish Ottawa project

To showcase and celebrate our community, The Jewish Federation of Ottawa is launching a new project, Faces of Jewish Ottawa. Through submitted stories and photos, Federation hopes to share the triumphs, tribulations and experiences of diverse community members. 

The idea was developed duri…

Seniors identified as Ukrainian group in greatest need of support

According to Jewish Family Services (JFS) associate executive director Andrea Gardner, Canada has seen the arrival of 78,500 Ukrainians, with close to 30,000 OHIP cards issued in Ontario. The majority of the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) visa holders have settled …

The history of Ottawa Jewish cemeteries told in new podcast episode

The Ottawa Jewish Archives has released a new podcast episode focused on what Archivist Teigan Goldsmith calls the largest collection of community history — cemeteries. 

It’s the fifth episode in the Archives’ podcast series and the second one produced by Goldsmith.

“I think cemet…